A couple of months ago, a few someones here suggested Jan Richardson's book, "The Next Step in Guided Reading
". I asked a couple of questions about it, and then bought the book on Amazon. It lay here in my house for at least a month, I guess because I figured it would be like all the other books I've tried to read and implement in the past. Well, I finally picked it up and read it last weekend.
OMG! This is the best book I have ever read on Guided Reading! It offers components for me to build a prescription for each lesson that includes reading, sight words (when needed), word study, and guided writing and I LOVE IT!
I am the kind of person who needs a lot of DETAIL to understand how to implement my instructional framework. So many people have tried to help me in my district, but this book has succeeded in spelling out everything in a way I can understand (I am so not an intuitive person).
If anyone is new to teaching guided reading, this is such a wonderful book. Even though I am in my 4th year teaching, I always felt that I wasn't doing as much as I should during my small groups. Reading books and helping kids figure out the hard words was about the extent of my lessons. Now I feel so empowered!
I just HAD to share!!!